Archive for the ‘News’ Category


How a Particle Accelerator Works: Donuts and Chocolate Bars

March 19, 2012

Ever wondered how a synchotron creates light? Harriet Bailey and Alice Lighton show you how, using some tasty treats.


Steve Jobs Has Died… How to live before you die speech

October 6, 2011

Drawing from some of the most pivotal points in his life, Steve Jobs, chief executive officer and co-founder of Apple Computer and of Pixar Animation Studios, urged graduates to pursue their dreams and see the opportunities in life’s setbacks — including death itself — at the university’s 114th Commencement on June 12, 2005.


Record Industry Wants $75 Trillion From Limewire

April 5, 2011

How much monetary damage do you think Limewire inflicted on the recording industry? Millions? Billions? They think it numbers in the trillions, $75 trillion to be exact. To put $75 trillion in perspective – you need to take all of the wealth created in the entire world in one year and add about 50% to it.

Obviously, the folks at Limewire don’t have their hands on that sort of money – they are more than likely already broke – that’s what happens when you need to defend yourself from the combined forces of some of the world’s most powerful companies. The Judge who is hearing the case is having none of it, and described the plaintiff’s claims as “absurd” and “untenable”.

Now, take that $75 trillion figure and consider all the billions that the record and movie industries say that they lose to piracy each year. It doesn’t take much stretching of logic to come to the conclusion that their claimed losses are grossly exaggerated.

Honestly, I see both sides to the copyright debate but it is hard to sympathize sympathize with a bunch of billionaires who think they need more money – especially when the amount that they believe that they are owed is 150% of the world’s GDP. [CrunchGear]


The Strange Powers of the Placebo Effect (Video)

March 29, 2011

A placebo is a simulated medical intervention.. Daniel ‘Professor Funk’ Keogh illustrates the strange powers of the Placebo Effect.


The Situation bombs on Roast of Donald Trump

March 16, 2011

What a loser, why was he roasting Trump anyway? In case you missed it, let us sum it up this way: The Situation bombed so hard at The Roast of Donald Trump, he was nearly booed off stage until Jeffrey Ross came to his rescue (presumably for the sake of the show, not the “Jersey Shore” star’s dignity…which like the Easter Bunny, doesn’t exist). HuffingtonPost


We All Want to Be Young – Gen Y (Millennials) Consumer Trends Research

March 15, 2011

The movie “We All Want to Be Young” is the outcome of several studies developed by BOX1824 in the past 5 years. BOX1824 is a Brazilian research company specialized in behavioral sciences and consumer trends. Plz excuse the subtitles.


Save as WWF, Save a Tree (Video)

March 10, 2011

Introducing the WWF file format – a Portable Document Format that simply can’t be printed out.
“The WWF format is a PDF that cannot be printed out. It’s a simple way to avoid unnecessary printing. So here’s your chance to save trees and help the environment. Decide for yourself which documents don’t need printing out — then simply save them as WWF.”


Deleted Pictures Persist on Social Networking Sites

February 7, 2011

Facebook and MySpace.

Most everyone has seen or heard of social networking sites affecting privacy in crazy ways. They’ve cost people jobs, ended countless relationships, and in the best cases, resulted in some bruised pride. As more people get hit, more users are choosing to remove questionable content from their pages, but the content’s not necessarily gone.

Ars Technica’s Jacqui Cheng put recent findings from Cambridge University researchers to the test with some unsavory results. Turns out your deleted pictures may not be as far gone as you’d like.

Jacqui tested Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, and Flickr with the same method. She deleted pictures from each site on May 21st and then watched the direct links for six weeks. Twitter and Flickr were both good, truly deleting the pictures after a hard refresh. MySpace and Facebook didn’t fare so well. Direct links from both sites still produce the “deleted” images, some six weeks after they were pulled.

Moral of the story? Continue to censor your drunken impulses, particularly with regard to the pictures you upload. Continue reading the full article here.


Calibrating Your Cell & Laptop’s Battery For Best Performance

February 4, 2011

According to Apple, you can calibrate your iBook, PowerBook, MacBook, MacBook Air, or MacBook Pro computer’s lithium ion battery for best performance. This technique probably works for your iPhone or Blackberry too.

The battery has an internal microprocessor that provides an estimate of the amount of energy in the battery as it charges and discharges. The battery needs to be recalibrated from time to time to keep the onscreen battery time and percent display accurate and to keep the battery operating at maximum efficiency. You should perform this procedure when you first use your computer and then every few months after that. If you normally leave your Apple portable computer connected to AC power and very rarely use it on battery power you may want to perform this process once a month. The website has more helpful information regarding batteries and offers an iCal calendar to remind you to calibrate your battery.

Basically, in order to have your battery running its best, this is all you need to do every once in a while:

  1. Plug the power adapter in and fully charge your computer’s battery until the battery indicator lights turn off and the adapter plug light goes from amber to green, which indicates that the battery is fully charged.
  2. Disconnect the power adapter and use your iBook or PowerBook. When your battery gets low, you will see the low battery warning dialog on the screen. Continue to use your computer until it goes to sleep. At that point the battery has been sufficiently drained for calibration.
  3. Connect the power adapter and leave it connected until the battery is fully charged again.
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